The American carmaker Ford will increase production numbers at the company’s Romanian assembly plant, located in the city of Craiova.
With Ford’s new model (Ford Puma) expected to enter production this year, the Romanian factory’s production numbers will increase to around 300,000 units per year, according to official data presented by Ford Europe President, Steve Armstrong. This means that Ford expects a turnover of 5 billion EUR. Ford managed less than half of these production numbers back in 2018 (142,000 units), with the EcoSport model, having a turnover of 2.5 billion EUR (up from 1 billion in 2017).
Some of the biggest challenges that Ford faces have to do with delivering parts to and cars from the Craiova plant, according to Armstrong. This is due to the condition of the road infrastructure. As a result, the company mostly relies on rail transport services, which still need ‘to be improved’. The company’s management team is currently discussing ways to improve the infrastructure in the area, with the help of Romanian authorities.
The company intends to build the new Ford Puma in Romania, a vehicle placed between the EcoSport and the Kuga models, according to its overall performance, according to Armstrong.